Medical Training Review Panel: fifteenth report

Content

Page last updated: 15 March 2012

List of tables VIII

List of figures XIII

Acronyms XIV

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

University Medical Training 1
Prevocational Medical Training 5
Vocational Medical Training 6
Fellowship 7
Female Trainees 9
International Supply of Medical Practitioners 10

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION 12

Medical Training Review Panel Structure and Responsibilities 12
MTRP Review 13

Report Structure 13
University Medical Education 13
Prevocational Medical Training 14
Vocational Medical Training 14
International supply 14
Special Purpose Training Programs 14
Appendices 14

Notes on the Data and its Presentation 15
Data Sources 15
Data Quality Issues 15
Reporting Periods 16
Examination of Trends 16
Medical College Acronyms and Specialties 16

Chapter 2: UNIVERSITY MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING 18

Medical Students 18
Current Data 19
Types of Student Places 21
Scholarships 24
Student Characteristics 24
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Students 26
Rural Exposure 27
Trends 29

Medical Graduates 31
Current Data 31
Trends 31
Projected Numbers of Graduates 34

Chapter 3: PREVOCATIONAL MEDICAL TRAINING 38

Background 38
Postgraduate Year 1 39
Current Data 39
Trends 40

Postgraduate Year 2 41
Current Data 41
Trends 43

Chapter 4: VOCATIONAL MEDICAL TRAINING 45

Vocational Medical Training in Australia 45
General Practice Training 46
Changes to College Training Programs 47

Accredited Training 47
Vocational Training Data 50
Basic Training 52
Trends in Basic Vocational Training 55
Advanced Training 58
Subspecialty Training 66
Trends in Advanced Vocational Training 74
General Practice 80

Medical College Examinations 81
Current Data 81
Trends 84

New College Fellows 86
Current Data 86
Trends 88
New Fellows by Subspecialty – Selected Colleges 92

College Fellows 95
Fellows by Subspecialty – Selected Colleges 99

Chapter 5: INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY 101

Department of Immigration and Citizenship Entry Processes 101
Temporary Business – Long Stay (Subclass 457) Visa 101
Medical Practitioner – Temporary (Subclass 422) Visa 102
Occupational Trainee Visa (Subclass 442) 103
Current Data 103

Requirements for Practising Medicine in Australia 105
Common Assessment Requirements 106
Competent Authority Pathway 106
Standard Pathway 107
Assessment of Overseas Trained Specialists 109
Standard Specialist Assessment 110

Medicare Provider Number Restrictions 113
Restrictions on Practice 113
Current Distribution of Overseas Trained Doctors 114

Chapter 6: SPECIAL PURPOSE TRAINING PROGRAMS 117

Background 117
2010 Review of the Legislation 118
3GA Providers 118
Section 3GA Programs 120
Approved Medical Deputising Services Program 120
Approved Private Emergency Department Program 120
Approved Placements for Sports Physicians Program 120
Sports Physician Trainees 120
Metropolitan Workforce Support Program 120
Prevocational General Practice Placements Program 121
Queensland Country Relieving Program 121
Rural Locum Relief Program 121
Special Approved Placements Program 122
Temporary Resident Other Medical Practitioners Program 122
Remote Vocational Training Scheme 122

APPENDICES 125

Appendix A: Medical Training Review Panel Role and Membership 126
Appendix B: Medical College Training Requirements 129
Appendix C: Glossary Of Terms 177
Appendix D: Extended Data Trend Tables 181
Appendix E: Data Specifications 217